To live artfully is to live fully, with meaning and a purpose--to bring beauty into being.
-Sandra Magsamen

Local Lowdown: The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn

by lesliedinaberg on October 11, 2017

By Leslie Dinaberg An artistic melding of Asian, French and California wine country cuisine, The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn features a delicious selection of seasonal locally sourced produce, seafood and meats. Ballard Inn has always been highly regarded for its romantic ambiance and award-winning cuisine, but the new restaurant concept from Chef Budi Kazali, who […]

Local Lowdown: Beyond Borders

by lesliedinaberg on September 18, 2017

The Latin America-Southern California Connection: Pacific Standard Time By Leslie Dinaberg An ambitious artistic celebration of the vibrant cultural linkages between Southern California and Latin America takes place across the state this fall, from Santa Barbara to San Diego, Santa Monica, Palm Springs and beyond. Backed by more than $16 million in grants from the […]

Local Lowdown: The Dish on Santa Ynez Valley’s New Eateries

by lesliedinaberg on June 15, 2017

From refined ranch cooking to gourmet burgers and creative couplings of unexpected ingredients to upscale wine country cuisine, the Santa Ynez Valley has a host of terrific new places to dine out and indulge in this summer. By Leslie Dinaberg Beer & (Big) Bites in Buellton “The Kitchen” at FigMtnBrew is now open and, as […]

Local Lowdown: The Sun Rises on Somerset

by lesliedinaberg on March 18, 2017

An elegant addition to the downtown Santa Barbara restaurant scene, Somerset is an old world European style grand café created by Steve Hermann Hotels and Restaurants of Palm Springs’ acclaimed L’Horizon Resort and Spa fame. The impressive décor features deep chesterfield sofas, polished zinc tabletops, and 50’s modern vintage chairs and lighting, a swanky combination of […]

Local Lowdown: Let There Be Light!

by lesliedinaberg on May 4, 2016

LightWorks: Isla Vista Illuminates a Vibrant Community By Leslie Dinaberg The parks and streets of Isla Vista will pulse with artistic spirit on May 19-21, when LightWorks: Isla Vista comes to life. This exciting series of temporary installations and performances that transform the parks of Isla Vista into illuminated evening spaces, engaging existing underutilized spaces […]

Local Lowdown: Culture Club–The Mission Poetry Series

by lesliedinaberg on September 18, 2015

Poetry is always in season around here, and one of the best places to get your fix is the Mission Poetry Series. Now wrapping up its sixth season, the series recently partnered with Antioch University as a new host venue to serve the literary and poetry communities with free readings from an eclectic assortment of […]

Local Lowdown: Girls Rock

by lesliedinaberg on September 16, 2015

It’s a great time to be a girl! The impressive accomplishments and uplifting attitudes of these three local teens are ample inspiration for all of us to work hard and dream big to make those goals a reality. Paige Hauschild: Athlete Local water polo fans already know the name Paige Hauschild: she’s been a standout […]

Local Lowdown: Class-y Gifting

by lesliedinaberg on December 29, 2014

By Leslie Dinaberg In a season chock-full of stuff, the notion of learning a new skill, or improving upon an old one, through taking a class is a great way to give someone a gift that keeps on giving—providing memorable experiences and perhaps even spurring lasting new interests. Here are some class-y gift suggestions for […]

Local Lowdown: Christmas in the Sand

by lesliedinaberg on December 29, 2014

Shopping Santa Claus Lane | By Leslie Dinaberg Santa may be gone*, but the shopping scene is alive and well on his namesake street in Carpinteria. Tucked just south of Montecito, amid the soothing sounds of the sea—and occasional toots from the train—the eclectic Santa Claus Lane is home to an impressive variety of charming […]

Local Lowdown | Everybody’s Doing the Localmotion!

by lesliedinaberg on November 25, 2014

By Leslie Dinaberg Planes, trains and automobiles may bring people to town, but when you get here, Santa Barbara has loads of ways to locomote your way around. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, it’s easy to step off the gas and take a vacation from your car with Santa Barbara Car Free’s ( discounts […]